Species Programs

ZAA leads the Australasian Species Management Program (ASMP), under which we coordinate over 100 breeding programs for a select group of species at ZAA-accredited sites across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. Managed programs play a role in protecting threatened species, conservation research and conservation education. This approach involves managing the animals at different ZAA-accredited zoos and aquariums as one big population and supports genetically diverse and sustainable species populations.

Each ASMP species has a Species Coordinator, who uses specialised software to make recommendations about the breeding and management of that species. A team of experts on a particular group of animals (e.g. birds or reptiles) provide guidance to our Species Coordinators. This team is called a Taxon Advisory Group (TAG).

The ASMP manages animal populations for protection against extinction, release to the wild, conservation research and community education.

 

ZAA-managed species

 

Addax

Addax nasomaculatus
Species Coordinator: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

African crested porcupine

Hystrix cristata
Species Coordinator: Wellington Zoo Trust

African lion

Panthera leo
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

African wild dog

Lycaon pictus
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo 

Archey's frog

Leiopelma archeyi
Species Coordinator: Auckland Zoo

Asian elephant

Elephas maximus
Species Coordinator: Zoos Victoria

Australian little penguin

Eudyptula minor novaehollandiae
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Australian sea-lion

Neophoca cinerea
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Black and white ruffed lemur

Varecia variegata variegata
Species Coordinator: Sydney Zoo

Blackbuck

Antilope cervicapra
Species Coordinator: Hamilton Zoo

Black-handed spider monkey

Ateles geoffroyi
Species Coordinator: Sydney Zoo

Black-winged stilt

Himantopus himantopus
Species Coordinator: Monarto Zoo

Bolivian squirrel monkey

Saimiri boliviensis
Species Coordinator: Sydney Zoo

Bongo

Tragelaphus eurycerus
Species Coordinator: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Broad-headed snake

Hoplocephalus bungaroides
Species Coordinator: Melbourne Zoo

Brolga

Grus rubicunda
Species Coordinator: Healesville Sanctuary

Brown kiwi

Apteryx mantelli
Species Coordinator: Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA)

Brush-tailed bettong (Woylie)

Bettongia penicillata
Species Coordinator: Monarto Zoo

Brush-tailed rock wallaby

Petrogale penicillata
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Buff-banded rail

Gallirallus philippensis
Species Coordinator: Wellington Zoo Trust

Bush stone-curlew

Burhinus grallarius
Species Coordinator: Adelaide Zoo

Californian sea-lion

Zalophus californianus
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Campbell Island teal

Anas nesiotis
Species Coordinator: Wellington Zoo Trust

Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus
Species Coordinator: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Chimpanzee

Pan troglodytes
Species Coordinator: Monarto Zoo

Common coati

Nasua nasua
Species Coordinator: Melbourne Zoo

Common waterfowl species

Species Coordinator: Kiwi Birdlife Park

Cook Strait tuatara

Sphenodon punctatus
Species Coordinator: Wellington Zoo Trust

Cotton-top tamarin

Saguinus oedipus
Species Coordinator: Zoos Victoria

Dibbler

Parantechinus apicalis
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo

Duvaucel's gecko

Hoplodactylus duvauceli
Species Coordinator: Auckland Zoo

Eastern barred bandicoot

Perameles gunnii
Species Coordinator: Melbourne Zoo

Eastern whipbird

Psophodes olivaceus
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Eland

Taurotragus oryx
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Fijian crested iguana

Brachylophus vitiensis
Species Coordinator: Melbourne Zoo

Giant tortoise (Aldabra and Galapagos)

Chelonoidis nigra
Species Coordinator: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Gentoo penguin

Pygoscelis papua
Species Coordinator: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Ghost bat

Macroderma gigas
Species Coordinator: Adelaide Zoo

Giraffe

Giraffa camelopardalis
Species Coordinator: Melbourne Zoo

Golden lion tamarin

Leontopithecus rosalia
Species Coordinator: Zoos Victoria

Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo

Dendrolagus goodfellowi
Species Coordinator: Melbourne Zoo

Grand skink [Western]

Oligosoma grande
Species Coordinator: Auckland Zoo

Greater bilby

Macrotis lagotis
Species Coordinator: Monarto Zoo

Grey nurse shark

Carcharias taurus
Species Coordinator: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Hamadryas baboon

Papio hamadryas
Species Coordinator: Melbourne Zoo

Helmeted honeyeater

Lichenostomus melanops cassidix
Species Coordinator: Healesville Sanctuary

Hippopotamus, common

Hippopotamus amphibius
Species Coordinator: Werribee Open Range Zoo

Hippopotamus, pygmy

Hexaprotodon liberiensis
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Hochstetter's frog

Leiopelma hochstetteri
Species Coordinator: Hamilton Zoo

Kea

Nestor notabilis
Species Coordinator: Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA)

King penguin

Aptenodytes patagonica
Species Coordinator: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

Koala [Northern]

Phascolarctos cinereus
Species Coordinator: Dreamworld/Taronga Zoo

Koala [Southern]

Phascolarctos cinereus victor
Species Coordinator: Healesville Sanctuary

Komodo dragon

Varanus komodoensis
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Lord Howe Island stick insect

Dryococelus australis
Species Coordinator: Melbourne Zoo

Lowland nyala

Tragelaphus angasii
Species Coordinator: Wellington Zoo Trust

Lumholtz's tree kangaroo

Dendrolagus lumholtzi
Species Coordinator: Dreamworld

Mahogany glider

Petaurus gracilis
Species Coordinator: Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA)

Maned wolf

Chrysocyon brachyurus
Species Coordinator: Altina Wildlife Park

Meerkat

Suricata suricatta
Species Coordinator: Wellington Zoo Trust

Morepork

Ninox novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae
Species Coordinator: Hamilton Zoo

New Zealand bellbird

Anthornis melanura
Species Coordinator: Hamilton Zoo

New Zealand fur seal

Arctocephalus forsteri
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

New Zealand kingfisher

Todiramphus sanctus vagans
Species Coordinator: Wellington Zoo Trust

New Zealand little blue penguin

Eudyptula minor minor
Species Coordinator: Auckland Zoo

New Zealand pigeon

Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae
Species Coordinator: Hamilton Zoo

Noisy pitta

Pitta versicolor
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

North Island kaka

Nestor meridionalis septentrionalis
Species Coordinator: Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA)

North Island weka

Gallirallus australis greyi
Species Coordinator: Otorohanga Kiwi House

Northern tuatara

Sphenodon punctatus punctatus
Species Coordinator: Wellington Zoo Trust

Numbat

Myrmecobius fasciatus
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo

Orange-bellied parrot

Neophema chrysogaster
Species Coordinator: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Otago skink [Western]

Oligosoma otagense
Species Coordinator: Auckland Zoo

Plains zebra

Equus burchellii
Species Coordinator: National Zoo and Aquarium

Platypus

Ornithorhynchus anatinus
Species Coordinator: Healesville Sanctuary

Przewalski’s horse

Equus ferus przewalskii
Species Coordinator: Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Pygmy marmoset

Callithrix pygmaea
Species Coordinator: Wellington Zoo Trust

Quokka

Setonix brachyurus
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo

Radiated tortoise

Astrochelys radiata
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo

Red panda

Ailurus fulgens
Species Coordinator: Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA)

Regent bowerbird

Sericulus chrysocephalus
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Regent honeyeater

Anthochaera phrygia
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Ring-tailed lemur

Lemur catta
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo

Rose-crowned fruit dove

Ptilinopus regina
Species Coordinator: Featherdale Wildlife Park

Sacred kingfisher [Australia]

Todiramphus sanctus sanctus
Species Coordinator: Healesville Sanctuary

Scimitar oryx

Oryx dammah
Species Coordinator: Werribee Open Range Zoo

Serval

Leptailurus serval
Species Coordinator: Werribee Open Range Zoo

Short-beaked echidna

Tachyglossus aculeatus acanthion
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo

Siamang

Symphalangus syndactylus
Species Coordinator: Sydney Zoo

Silvery gibbon

Hylobates moloch
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo

Small-clawed otter

Aonyx cinerea
Species Coordinator: Auckland Zoo

Southern cassowary

Casuarius casuarius johnsonii
Species Coordinator: Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA)

Southern hairy-nosed wombat

Lasiorhinus latifrons
Species Coordinator: Zoos South Australia

Spotted-tailed quoll

Dasyurus maculatus
Species Coordinator: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Squirrel glider

Petaurus norfolcensis
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Sumatran orangutan

Pongo abelii
Species Coordinator: Zoos Victoria

Sumatran tiger

Panthera tigris sumatrae
Species Coordinator: Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA)

Sun bear

Helarctos malayanus
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo

Superb fairy-wren

Malurus cyaneus
Species Coordinator: Healesville Sanctuary

Tammar wallaby [SA]

Macropus eugenii eugenii
Species Coordinator: Monarto Zoo

Tasmanian devil

Sarcophilus harrisii
Species Coordinator: Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA)

Tufted capuchin

Sapajus apella
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo

Tui

Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae
Species Coordinator: Hamilton Zoo

 
Waterbuck

Kobus ellipsiprymnus
Species Coordinator: Hamilton Zoo

Western lowland gorilla

Gorilla gorilla gorilla
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Western swamp turtle

Pseudemydura umbrina
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo

White rhinoceros

Ceratotherium simum
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

White-browed woodswallow

Artamus superciliosus
Species Coordinator: Monarto Zoo

White-cheeked gibbon

Nomascus leucogenys
Species Coordinator: Perth Zoo

Yellow-bellied glider

Petaurus australis
Species Coordinator: Taronga Zoo

Yellow-footed rock wallaby

Petrogale xanthopus
Species Coordinator: Monarto Zoo